Thursday, January 15, 2009

Through adversity comes strength and beauty

It's been a bad couple of weeks, I'm not gonna lie.

Putting Mac Daddy to sleep was probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do. This week, I found out that a book project that I've labored to finish with a crazed deadline was being canceled, along with a group of other titles, for budgetary reasons. Yesterday, I had surgery. But by the time I donned the hospital gown, I figured the procedure was the least of my problems. Indeed, it was a snap.

Along with my friends and family, knitting has helped me. Keeping my hands busy somehow stills my mind. After working on a feather and fan shawl for months—through a bachelorette weekend on Whidbey Island, on Election Night, and through my grief—I finally bound off and blocked the sucker.

Here's the result. Lovely, don't you think? I can't wait to drape it around myself and think of all the comfort and joy it has given me over the past few months.

I'd best start a new project before the next raft of challenges hits. Any suggestions?


Punkinhead said...

I am unbelievably bummed for you!! And not just because my story won't be pubished. :) But you have the right attitude - wrap that shawl around yourself and go hang out at some thrift stores for a few hours. It would work for me...

Jennifer Worick said...

Don't worry just yet. My agent and I are pitching the book to some other publishers with a different twist. I hope everything will eventually see the light of day.

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